Joe Fan RSA
Behind the Scenes, Joe Fan, 2020
Joe Fan was born in Hong Kong in 1962. He came to Scotland in the late 1970’s to study Graphic Design at Aberdeen College of Commerce. He was then advised by an Aberdeen College lecturer to apply for a place at Gray's School of Art to study Fine Art. It was here that Joe met and was taught by Gordon Bryce. Following graduation in 1988, Joe won the Miller Homes Young Scottish Artist of the Year, and was sent to Paris to spend time at the Cite Internationale des Arts from 1989-1990. He returned to Aberdeen and lectured at Gray’s School of Art in Drawing and Painting from 1990-1997. During this period, Joe also spent time as a visiting lecturer at Cyprus College of Art, Paphos in 1994. In 1997, Joe gave up his role as a lecturer to pursue his own full time career as an artist. Joe continues to live and work in Aberdeen.
Joe's approach to painting is quite unique. He claims to have no great purpose to his paintings, no common themes or concepts, but instead presents them as being pictorial and narrative, depicting various stories and concepts for the viewer to interpret. He is fond of playing visual tricks in his work, and often paints 'tongue-in-cheek', taking liberties with perspective and magnifying the scale of his images.
Joe is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and has won many awards and prizes, including The Gillies Award. In 2009 and 2010, he was a Prize Winner for the Aberdeen Artists' Exhibition, sponsored by Shell. In 2010, Joe won the Royal Scottish Academy's John Maxwell Travelling Award.
His work is in many public and private collections including the Scottish Arts Council, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Xerox Marlow Collection, Miller Homes Art Collection, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Unilever Art Collection, and Jones Day Solicitors. His work can also be found at Soho Hotel, London; Ham Yard, London, and Crosby Street Hotel, New York (Firmdale Hotels).
Joe Fan has exhibited with Thackeray Gallery since 1990.